Students today are immersed in a globalising world that is marked by rapid scientific and technological growth. As technology advances,
we are challenged to collaborate with schools and lead new pedagogical models for learning and teaching,
incorporating new technologies in the classroom and providing new learning spaces to meet the needs of students.
Theme 2: Quality Teaching for all Learners, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019
Saran KimYear 12 Student, Mater Christi College, Belgrave
Wellbeing & Community Partnerships Unit is committed to supporting Catholic
school communities create welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environments where student wellbeing is embedded at the
core of school life.
Initiatives delivered through the Wellbeing &
Community Partnerships Unit seek to foster student engagement, build
resilience, strengthen connectedness to school and community, and enhance young
people’s sense of belonging.
Placing a central focus on building the
knowledge and professional practice of staff, the Wellbeing & Community
Partnerships Unit supports Catholic schools communities to promote the health,
wellbeing and engagement of young people to develop
optimistic, resilient young people of faith, ready to be effective members of
community, contributing to and enriching the world around them.
Initiatives that focus on
promoting continuous improvement and innovation in policies and practices,
relating to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
are a key priority for Catholic Education Melbourne.
range of professional learning was delivered to Student Wellbeing Leaders
(SWLs) and school personnel, addressing issues associated with mandatory
reporting and child protection. This training used current research, eLearning
modules and expert presenters from the Department of Health & Human
Services who emphasised the need for organisations to act
consistently according to sound child-safe principles.
The CECV Board established a new CECV Child
Safety Working Party in 2015 to provide strategic direction and leadership in
the implementation of the new Victorian Child Safe Standards. These standards aim to
drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from harm
and abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice. A Catholic Education
Melbourne Child Safe Working Party has also been set up to help lead this key
Student voice & VicSRC
Catholic Education Melbourne developed a collaborative partnership with the
Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) to strengthen authentic
student engagement opportunities. The initiative reflects a shared commitment to invest in young people as leaders and help drive
initiatives that build an authentic student voice and roles of real value in
the classroom and school.
In its first year, notable highlights achieved through the partnerships
New Master of Education (Student
Wellbeing) – Partnership with Australian Catholic University
Catholic Education Melbourne offered 50 leaders and teachers in the
Archdiocese of Melbourne the opportunity to complete sponsored study in a new,
two-year Master of Education (Student Wellbeing) at Australian Catholic
This course is part of Catholic Education Melbourne’s new partnership
approach with ACU for delivery of all sponsored professional learning from
Sponsorship in the Master of Education (Student Wellbeing) reflects
Catholic Education Melbourne’s commitment to developing systemic and school
leadership capacity in prevention and early intervention strategies that
support improved student outcomes and strengthen young people’s mental health,
resiliency and social emotional wellbeing.
Family School Partnerships funding
In 2015, Catholic
Education Melbourne committed almost
$650,000 over 2016–2017 to extend funding to support Family School
Partnerships (FSP) clusters. This latest funding further enabled clusters and
school communities to continue leading local action, joint practice and
governance to build stronger family and community partnerships to improve
student wellbeing and learning outcomes.
Catholic Education Melbourne’s financial commitment for 2016 and 2017
was in addition to the strategic cluster support and a unified approach to
professional learning delivered though the Wellbeing & Community
National School Chaplaincy Programme
School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) is a four-year Commonwealth funded initiative which aims to support
the emotional wellbeing of students through the provision of chaplains/pastoral
care workers in Victorian schools. Under the
NSCP government, Catholic and independent school sectors received grants of
$20,000 per annum to appoint chaplains/pastoral care workers.
A total of 59 Catholic primary and
secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne successfully received funding
in 2015 with one school leader commenting that:
‘The NSCP is a wonderful initiative for our
students. It assists families and teachers alike ... students
benefit from having a dedicated person for
their needs supporting the wellbeing team.’
The Wellbeing & Community Partnerships Unit facilitated NSCP school leaders/pastoral
care worker briefings and professional learning with Sr
Rosalind Cairns MSC presenting a keynote address on ‘pastoral care in a
Catholic school context’ in May and Chris Morris a
lecturer at the Catholic Theological College exploring
meditative practices, Catholic identity and spirituality.
Professional Learning Programs
These courses provide students with a range
of units of study including Social Justice, Identity and Curriculum and Leading
Change for Student Wellbeing focusing on the educator’s role in leading and
promoting student mental health, resiliency and wellbeing.
List of key events
Catholic Education Melbourne Student
Wellbeing Festival (15–18 & 22 June 2015)
Thirty-seven Catholic schools and more
than 1,000 students showcased their amazing talents through drama and creation
of short films promoting positive and inclusive relationships; anti-bullying
strategies; resilience; pro-active decision making; help-seeking behaviour; positive school culture and partnerships.
Students perform at the annual Student Wellbeing Festival
Student Wellbeing Leaders Seminar (7 May 2015)
Maximising the influence of the Student Wellbeing Leader’s role: A strengths-based approach to your wellbeing. Keynote Presenter: Elizabeth Freeman, the University of Melbourne.
Student Wellbeing Leaders Seminar (15 October 2015)
Communities: Dialogue, discernment and new frontiers in school – family
engagement. Keynote Presenters: Danielle
Cronin, Deputy Director, National Catholic Education Commission, Sydney &
Sharon Butler, Consultant, Silent Partners, Melbourne.
School Chaplaincy Programme (26 May 2015)
Pastoral care in a Catholic
school context. Keynote
Presenter: Sr Rosalind Cairns, MSC.
School Chaplaincy Programme (20 October 2015)
Meditative practices, Catholic
identity and spirituality. Keynote Presenter: Chris Morris, Lecturer, Catholic Theological College
Leading school, family partnerships (11 June 2015)
Maggie Farrar (UK: consultant, author and former Director of Leadership Development, Research and Succession Planning at
the National College for School Leadership) & Dr George Otero (USA:
consultant, author Director of the Center for Relational Learning Santa Fe, New
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